Plunkett Cooney attorneys among legal publication’s ‘Rising Stars’

In its annual review of the state’s top young attorneys, Michigan Super Lawyers magazine has awarded 10 lawyers from Plunkett Cooney, one of Michigan’s oldest law firms, its “Rising Star” honor.

Published by Thomson Reuters, Michigan Super Lawyers & Rising Stars compiles its annual list based upon a patented selection process that involves the creation of a candidate pool; evaluation of candidates by an in-house research department; and a peer evaluation process.

To be considered a Rising Star, candidates must be either 40 years old or younger or licensed to practice for 10 years or less. No more than 2.5 percent of eligible attorneys receive the “Rising Star” designation.

Below is a list of Plunkett Cooney attorneys who have received the 2019 Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star designation:

Bloomfield Hills office members:

• Hilary A. Ballentine – Appellate
• Abe Barlaskar – Personal Injury: Defense
• Alexander R. Baum – Personal Injury: Defense
• Ashley S. Dickey – Personal Injury: Defense
• Justin J. Hakala – Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense
• Chase M. Kubica – Personal Injury: Defense
• Patrick C. Lannen – Banking
• Scott W. Malott – Civil Litigation: Defense
• Courtney L. Nichols – Employment & Labor

Detroit office member:

• Kimberly K. Seibert – Civil Litigation: Defense

Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is a leading provider of business and litigation services to clients in the private and public sectors. The firm employs approximately 140 attorneys in eight Michigan cities, Chicago, Illinois, Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana. Plunkett Cooney has achieved the highest rating (AV) awarded by Martindale-Hubbell, a leading, international directory of law firms. The firm was also recently selected by Crain’s Detroit Business as its inaugural Law Firm of the Year and as one of its 2019 Cool Places to Work in Michigan.

For more information regarding Plunkett Cooney’s 2019 Michigan “Rising Stars,” contact the firm’s Practice Director of Marketing & Business Development John Cornwell, at (248) 901-4008; jcornwell@plunkettcooney.com.

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Thirty Howard & Howard Attorneys Named to Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars 2018

Thirty Howard & Howard attorneys were recently named to Michigan Super Lawyers® and Michigan Rising Stars 2018 as a result of a patented selection process. This process includes peer evaluation and independent research.  Only five percent of the attorneys in Michigan were named to the Super Lawyers list and two and one half percent to Rising Stars.

The Howard & Howard attorneys and the practice areas under which they are listed in Michigan Super Lawyers 2018 are as follows:

  • Mark A. Davis – President & CEO, Real Estate
  • Joseph J. DeVito, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mary C. Dirkes, Business Litigation
  • Lisa S. Gretchko, Creditor/Debtor Rights
  • Andrew (Jake) Grove, Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Sam J. Haidle, Intellectual Property
  • David M. LaPrairie, Intellectual Property
  • Miles T. Macik, Business Litigation
  • Patrick M. McCarthy, Business Litigation
  • Gerald E. McGlynn, III, Intellectual Property
  • Richard M. Miettinen, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mark W. Peyser, Business Litigation
  • Brad A. Rayle, Employment Litigation: Defense
  • Jeffrey A. Sadowski, Intellectual Property Litigation
  • Thomas H. Walters, Business Litigation
  • Timothy M. Wittebort, Business/Corporate

The Howard & Howard attorneys and the practice areas under which they are listed in Michigan Rising Stars 2018 are as follows:

  • Michael M. Bell, Banking
  • Brandon J. Booth, Business/Corporate
  • Alex G. Cavanaugh, Business Litigation
  • Nicholas T. Chapie, Business/Corporate
  • Stephen P. Dunn, Business Litigation
  • Paul T. Engel, Intellectual Property
  • Sam A. Fares, Intellectual Property
  • Michael O. Fawaz, Business Litigation
  • Jeffrey A. Hoover, Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Andre O. Perrotta, Health Care
  • Mark C. Vanneste, Business Litigation
  • Brandon J. Wilson, Business Litigation
  • Jacob P. Woolbright, Intellectual Property
  • Evonne Xu, International

Founded in 1869, Howard & Howard is a full-service law firm with a national and international practice that provides legal services to businesses and business owners.  The firm has offices in Michigan (Ann Arbor and Royal Oak); Illinois (Chicago and Peoria); Las Vegas, Nevada; and Los Angeles, California.  Howard & Howard’s major areas of practice include: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; business and corporate; commercial litigation; employee benefits; environmental; estate planning; franchising; intellectual property; labor, employment and immigration; mergers and acquisitions; real estate; securities; and tax. Our distinguished backgrounds provide us with a solid understanding of the industries we serve, including, automotive and industrial; cannabis; commodity futures; construction; energy and utilities; financial services; gaming; healthcare; and hospitality. For more information, please visit the firm’s website at www.howardandhoward.com.

Nemeth Burwell announces firm’s Michigan Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Founding partner of Nemeth Burwell named 2013 Michigan Super Lawyer and among Michigan’s Top 25 Women Business Super Lawyers. Second Nemeth Burwell partner also listed as Super Lawyer; two other firm attorneys named Michigan Rising Stars

Detroit, Mich. —Sept. 18, 2013 — Attorney Patricia Nemeth, founding partner of Detroit-based employment law firm Nemeth Burwell, P.C., has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer for 2013 in the eighth annual survey. Additionally, Ms. Nemeth was named to the Top 25 Women Business Michigan Super Lawyers and the Michigan Top 50 Women, a listing of women lawyers who ranked top of the list in the 2013 Michigan Super Lawyers nomination, research and blue ribbon review process. Nemeth Burwell partner Anne Widlak was also named a Michigan Super Lawyer and attorneys Erin Behler and Cliff Hammond were named Michigan Rising Stars. The Rising Star recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing for 10 years or less.

Patricia Nemeth was recognized in Employment Litigation: Defense and Labor and Employment, and specializes as a litigator, consultant, negotiator and mediator. Her areas of expertise include all aspects of traditional labor and employment litigation law, including complex employment investigations and analyses, discrimination/harassment, age, disability, sex, race, whistleblowers, wrongful discharge, union organizing activities and union issues, and multi-party lawsuits. She is a certified mediator for all types of civil litigation, including employment. Ms. Nemeth holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate and LLM in Labor Law from Wayne State University School of Law. She is an ABA Foundation Fellow and a member of the Michigan, Illinois, Federal and the United States Supreme Court Bar.

Anne Widlak was named a Michigan Super Lawyer in Employment & Labor. She has successfully defended cases in state and federal courts involving a comprehensive array of claims, including workplace harassment, discrimination based on age, disability, sex, race, national origin and other protected categories, retaliation, violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act, wrongful discharge and intentional interference with an at-will employment relationship. Ms. Widlak serves as a panel chairperson for the Michigan Attorney Discipline Board. She is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a trial lawyer honorary society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of lawyers in the United States. Ms. Widlak holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English from Georgetown University. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University School of Law.

Erin Behler, a Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star, joined Nemeth Burwell in 2009 as an attorney after starting with the firm as a law clerk in 2007. She focuses her practice on management labor and employment law and represents clients in litigation before State and Federal Courts and Administrative Agencies. Behler is a frequent author on articles regarding workplace employment trends. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts with honors from Michigan State University.

Cliff Hammond, who also received the Michigan Super Lawyer Rising Star designation in 2011, joined Nemeth Burwell in 2007 and exclusively represents employers in labor and employment law. Prior to joining the firm, he served as labor counsel for the largest union local in Michigan (SEIU, Local 79), where he negotiated union contracts and arbitrated over 300 labor disputes, traversing 28 counties throughout Michigan in the process. His expertise includes Michigan’s Right to Work law, customized union training for employers, issues involving decertification, de-authorization, unit clarification, union organizing, union avoidance, and enforcing the union contract. Mr. Hammond has successfully defended clients before the NLRB, MERC, state and federal courts. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Delaware and earned his Juris Doctorate from Widener University School of Law, also in Delaware. Prior to beginning his law career, Mr. Hammond served as a history and social studies teacher and coached football and track and field in Detroit.

About Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected using a patented multiphase selection process in which peer nominations are combined with third party research. The mission of Super Lawyers is to bring visibility to those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice. The Super Lawyers lists are published in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. For more information, go to SuperLawyers.com.
About Nemeth Burwell, P.C.: Nemeth Burwell (www.nemethburwell.com) specializes in employment litigation, traditional labor law and management consultation for private and public sector employers. It is the largest woman-owned law firm in Michigan to exclusively represent management in the prevention, resolution and litigation of labor and employment disputes.

Four Attorneys from Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione’s Ann Arbor Office Recognized by Michigan Super Lawyers

ANN ARBOR – September 5, 2013 – Steven L. Oberholtzer, Managing Partner of the Ann Arbor office of Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione, one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S., has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer for 2013 in the practice area of intellectual property law in the eighth annual survey. Robert K. Fergan, John A. Lingl and Michael N. Spink, all shareholders in the Ann Arbor office, were named Michigan Rising Stars. The Rising Star recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state who are 40 years old or younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less.

Steve Oberholtzer was listed in the specialty area of patent law. His practice focuses on patent and trademark counseling, corporate intellectual property policy development and administration, technology licensing, joint development and joint venture relationship agreements. He also has experience in United States Patent and Trademark Office administrative proceedings including interferences, re-examinations, re-issues, trademark oppositions and patent application preparation and prosecution.
Oberholtzer has extensive experience with the intellectual property legal issues of the automotive industry. He has a lifelong interest in the industry and products, and was previously employed as a senior project engineer with a domestic OEM manufacturer and as in-house patent counsel for a Tier 1 supplier. In private practice, Oberholtzer has acted as primary outside counsel for a number of Tier 1 and lower tier supplier engagements that include worldwide responsibility for all intellectual property issues and management of teams of attorneys handling all facets of these matters.
Oberholtzer also serves on the Brink’s Board of Directors and is the principal author of a primer on intellectual property entitled, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law.
In August 2013, Oberholtzer was named the 2014 Ann Arbor Patent Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. He holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Kettering University, formerly known as the General Motors Institute, and received his J.D. from the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University. He is a member of the Licensing Executives Society.

Robert Fergan, named a Michigan Rising Star in intellectual property, specializes in client counseling, licensing and patent prosecution in the United States and in other countries under the rules of the Patent Cooperation Treaty. He has prepared and prosecuted patents in the electrical, mechanical, optical, and computer science arts, as well as patents related to business methods.

Prior to joining Brinks in 2003, Fergan spent ten years in the machine vision and optical inspection industry as a product development manager and product marketing manager, gaining experience with many industries and technologies, including semi-conductor, electronics, automotive, pharmaceutical, packaging, metrology, instrumentation and optics.

Fergan is editor in chief of Landslide, a bi-monthly magazine of the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law that offers news and analysis on patents, trademarks, copyrights and related topics. He is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section and Business Law Section and is active in the State Bar of Michigan, where he previously served on the Board of Commissioners. Fergan is a contributing author of the third edition of the Brinks intellectual property law primer, The Basic Principles of Intellectual Property Law, and an Adjunct Professor at Thomas Cooley Law School in Ann Arbor. He received his J.D. from Wayne State University College of Law and a B.S. in electrical engineering with a minor in optics from Kettering University, formerly known as the General Motors Institute. He is also a graduate of Leadership Detroit.

John Lingl, named a Michigan Rising Star in intellectual property for the second consecutive year, focuses his practice on patent, copyright and trademark litigation. In addition, he prosecutes both foreign and domestic patent applications in numerous areas including semiconductors, electrical systems, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) systems, packet switching and routing, network traffic optimization, Internet search technologies, advertising and behavioral targeting technologies, optical systems, terahertz radiation systems, x-ray systems, automotive interior systems and automotive powertrain systems. Lingl holds a J.D. from The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from Kettering University.

Michael Spink, named a Michigan Rising Star in intellectual property for the third time, chairs the firm’s Intellectual Asset Management group and is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) with extensive experience in complex transactions involving intellectual property, including due diligence, disposition, valuation and bankruptcy issues. Spink’s patent practice includes portfolio management, prosecution, licensing and enforcement in numerous industries including the automotive, medical device and software industries. His trademark practice comprises worldwide portfolio management, clearance, prosecution, licensing and enforcement in federal district court and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. His copyright practice includes registration and licensing, and he is currently a contributing author on copyright law in a quarterly publication of the American Bar Association.

Spink blogs (http://funkymarks.wordpress.com/) and tweets (@funkymarksblog) about unusual trademarks for motion, sound, color, scent, texture, and shape. He holds a J.D. from the John Marshall Law School and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan. He is active in professional activities including the American Bar Association Intellectual Property Section, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association, Intellectual Property Owners Association and the Licensing Executives Society (LES) and is co-chair of the Michigan Chapter of LES.

About Super Lawyers
Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, is a research-driven, peer-influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys are selected using a patented multiphase selection process in which peer nominations are combined with third party research. The mission of Super Lawyers is to bring visibility to those attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice. The Super Lawyers lists are published in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines across the country. For more information, go to SuperLawyers.com.
Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione
Brinks has more than 160 attorneys, scientific advisors and patent agents who specialize in intellectual property, making it one of the largest intellectual property law firms in the U.S. Clients around the world use Brinks to help them identify, protect, manage and enforce their intellectual property. Brinks lawyers provide expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, unfair competition, trade secret and copyright law. The Brinks team includes lawyers with advanced degrees in all fields of technology and science. In addition to Ann Arbor, Brinks has offices in Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C., Research Triangle Park, Salt Lake City and Indianapolis. More information is available at www.usebrinks.com.